Star Anise Bread Pudding

Southern Living
This bread pudding is great served warm, but it's good at room temperature, too. We cut each piece into four squares, then stacked them for a dramatic presentation.
9 servings


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2 cups whole milk
6 star anise
1/2 cup sugar
2 tablespoons chopped crystallized ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
4 large eggs, lightly beaten
12 (1-ounce) slices cinnamon-raisin bread, cut into 1-inch pieces
Cooking spray
1 tablespoon sugar
2 1/4 cups vanilla reduced-fat ice cream (such as Healthy Choice)


Combine the milk and star anise in a small, heavy saucepan. Heat to 180° or until tiny bubbles form around edge of pan, stirring frequently (do not boil). Remove from heat; cover and steep 20 minutes. Strain milk mixture through a fine sieve into a large bowl; discard star anise. Add 1/2 cup sugar, ginger, cinnamon, and eggs; stir with a whisk. Gently stir in bread. Let stand 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Preheat oven to 350°.

Pour into an 8-inch square baking dish coated with cooking spray. Sprinkle the mixture evenly with 1 tablespoon sugar. Bake at 350° for 35 minutes or until a knife inserted in center comes out clean. Serve each piece warm with 1/4 cup ice cream.

Created date

September 2001

Nutritional Information

Calories 284
Caloriesfromfat 23 %
Fat 7.1 g
Satfat 2.3 g
Monofat 2 g
Polyfat 0.4 g
Protein 10.1 g
Carbohydrate 45.3 g
Fiber 1.9 g
Cholesterol 104 mg
Iron 2.9 mg
Sodium 220 mg
Calcium 129 mg